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Dr. Randall J. Webb, 1965, 1966 

President, Northwestern State University 

Dear Alumni: 

As we move into 2011 , we can look back on some posi- 
tive accomplishments for your alma mater during 2010. 
We wrapped up the year with Fall Commencement, 
awarding degrees to a record 1,135 students who graduated in the Summer and 
Fall semesters. During 2010, the University had 1,955 graduates, the most for one 
calendar year in Northwestern's 126-year history. 

The Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band brought great acclaim to the Uni- 
versity beyond its outstanding halftime shows. The band was one of three finalists 
for the Sudler Trophy, an award to identify and recognize collegiate marching bands 
of particular excellence that have made outstanding contributions to the American 
way of life. This year's trophy was awarded to Notre Dame, but it was an outstanding 
achievement to be considered for this award. I know we will be a strong candidate 
for this award when it is presented again in two years. 

Northwestern was ranked in Tier 1 among Southern regional universities in the 
latest U.S. News and World Report "Best Colleges" rankings. Northwestern was the 
only Louisiana institution in Tier 1 among regional universities. 

One of the fun things all of us enjoyed following was the appearance of alum- 
nus and faculty member Charlie Penrod on Jeopardy. He was on the show just after 
Thanksgiving and made us all proud by being a Jeopardy champion. 

Our students continue to make us proud by taking an active role with our faculty 
and staff to improve their community. Last year, Northwestern students volunteered 
more than 18,000 hours in community service and civic engagement projects that 
focused on healthcare, K-12 education, mentoring, fitness, multicultural sensitivity, 
environmental sustainability and services for senior citizens. That commitment to 
helping others is commendable. 

We have been heartened to receive two important gifts to the university. NSU 
received word of an anonymous pledge of $1 million from a graduate to support 
Northwestern's academic and athletic programs. Additionally, the generosity of the 
late Mary Rives Gallaspy will endure through her bequest to the university Such 
gifts are an acknowledgement of the outstanding work done here daily. I look for- 
ward to an outstanding year in 2011 and being able to share many of our accom- 
plishments with you. 

Thank you for all you do to help your alma mater. 

William Drake Owens, 2004, 2005 

Director of Alumni and Development 

My fellow alumni, 

We are in the full swing of the spring semester at 
Northwestern and many exciting events are on the ho- 
rizon. As many of you know, the Spirit of Northwestern 
Demon Marching Band is commemorating its 100"' anni- 
versary in 2011 and kicked off the celebration by repre- 
senting the school at the 25"' annual New Year's Day Parade in London. The SON 
will host several alumni events this year, including a special concert in April and a 
fall reunion. You can read more about the SON centennial in this edition of Alumni 

The Alumni staff is looking forward to hosting the Class of 1961 duhng spring 
commencement as these graduates return to campus to receive their 50-year di- 
plomas. Although some classmates may not have seen each other for decades, 
they are always eager to relate shared memories of people and events from their 
college days. 

We also encourage younger alumni to stay involved with Northwestern. It's 
easy to keep up to date on campus news and events via Facebook, the Purple 
Pulse e-newsletter and Twitter. 

Please remember to update your information as it changes. If you would like to 
get more involved, contact us about hosting or participating in recruiting receptions, 
outreach events or social gatherings in your area. 

Northwestern alumni across the country are doing exciting things in their ca- 
reers and communities. We welcome news from and about our graduates and 
would love the opportunity to share them. 

Thank you for all you do in support of Northwestern. The service and generosity 
of our alumni and friends are vital to the continued wellbeing of our great university. 

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President Joseph B. Stamey. NatchittK-hes. 1983 

Nice President Tommy Chester. Natchitoches. 1969 

Secretary -Treasurer Dr. Lisa Mathews. Benton. 1992 

Lxccutive Director W. Drake Owens. 

Natchitoches, 2(KM. 2005 


Mall Bailey Shrevcport, 2003 

Jerry Brungart NatchiUK-hes. 1969, 1971 

Monty Chicola Alexandria. 1979, 1980 

Leonard Kndris Shrevcport. 1974. 1975 

Ken (luidry Natchitoches. 1972 

Bobby Mebert New Orieans. 1983 

Irey Hill Carencro. 1985 

\drian Howard Bedford. TX. 1989 

Patricia llrapmann Nevv Orleans. 1973. 19^^ 

(lail Jones Natchez. 1981. I99x 

MattKoury Lecsville. 1995 

\ngela Lasyone Natchitoches. 1986 

Bryant Lewis Hayncsville. 1958 

Carroll Long Longvievv. TX. 1970 

David Morgan Austin. TX. 1973 

Kip Patrick Washington. DC. 1995 

C lilTPoimboeuf. Shrevcport. I9S4 

Denise Quezaire Baton Rouge, 2(K)5 

(ilenn Talbert Shrevcport. 1964 

C a.sey Jo Thompson Shrevcport. 2(K)| 

C arlos Treadway Northville. Ml. 1992 

Marti Viennc NatchiUKhes. 1982 

Rickv Walmsley Rogers. AR. 1985 

Mike VV'ilbum Shrevcport. 197? 

Dr. Leonard Williams New OHeans. 1993 

Charles "Buddy" Wood Many. 1981 


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Homecoming 2010 

The weekend of receptions and reunions was capped by a great football game 

The 2010 Long Purple Line Inductees were honored dur- 
ing the Homecoming luncheon. From left are retired Judge 
Peyton Cunningham, BG (Ret) James Bonsall (1953), 
Sandra Ackerman Martin (1965) and LaMark Carter (2004) 
with President Randall J.Webb (1965, 1966). 

Homecoming King Yaser Elqutub and Queen Amy 
Dodson were cheered during halftime. 

Head Football Coach Bradley Dale Peveto celebrated 
the Demons' dramatic double overtime victory over Sam 
Houston State by leading the fight song, along with the 
Spirit of Northwestern Demon Marching Band. 

Winners in the popular Homecoming 5K were, from left, 
Mary Ruth Corley, Tara Gallien, Steve Rains, Jack Adair, 
Amy Cross, Elisha Ibanga, Claire Wardell, Pete Wardell 
and Scott Maggio. Winners not pictured are Heather 
McDaniel, Gabrielle Gallien, Brittney Taylor, Sherry Hen- 
son, Ian Grant, Matt Kubik and LTC Kevin McAllister. 




NSU's College of Education and Human Development hosted a reception for the 2010 inductees into the Hall of Distin- 
guished Educators. From left are Brenda Collins, Karl Carpenter, Earl Thomas Haynes, Katie Jean Myers Young and C. 
Newton Wilkes, congratulated by NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb. The College is already seeking nominations for 
2011 inductees. Nominees must have graduated from NSU's College of Education at least 30 years prior to nomination. 
Inductees will participate in NSU Homecoming activities in the fall. If you know of an outstanding College of Education 
alumnus who has had a distinguished career in education, send the nominee's resume and/or other documentation 
outlining the reason for the nomination to NSU College of Education, c/o Faye Megason, Northwestern State University, 
Natchitoches, LA 71497 Additional information is available by calling Megason at (318) 357-6278 or e-mailing megas- The deadline for nominations is July 16. 

Alumni Columns Spring 201 7/1 

Alumni News 

Mark your calendars and plan to attend 
spring alumni gatherings in your area 

Thursday, March 24 - Lafayette Area Alumni Gathering @ Blue Dog Cafe, 

6-8 p.m. 
Friday, March 25 - Baton Rouge Area Alumni Gathering @ The Country Club 

of Louisiana, 6-8 p.m. 
Thursday, Apnl 7 - Shreveport/Bossier Area Alumni Gathering @ Savoie's. 

6-8 p.m. 
Thursday, Apnl 14 - Dallas/ Ft. Worth Area Alumni Gathering @ The Home of 

Jill & Dave Morrison. 6-8 p.m. 
Saturday, April 16 - Houston Area Alumni Gathering @ Ragin' Cajun on 

Westheimer, Noon-3 p.m. 
April 15-17 - Scholars' College Alumni reunion @ Morrison Hall For more 

information go online at 
Saturday, Apnl 30 - Atlanta, GA Crawfish Boil @ Duluth Civic Center, 

Duluth, Ga., 11 a.m.-l p.m. Guests can register on vww. as the date nears and will also receive 

an invitation in the mail 
Saturday, May 7 -Austin, TX Crawfish Boil @ Westlake Beach on Lake 

Austin from 11:00am-2:00pm. Guests can register on vww, as the date nears and will also receive 

an invitation in the mail. 
Saturday, May 21 - Little Rock, AR Crawfish Boil from 11:00am-2:00pm. 

The place is still being determined. Guests can register on www. as the date nears and will also receive 

an invitation in the mail, 
Saturday, June 5 - Washington, D.C. Crawfish Boil. Tickets will be available 

through beginning in late April or eariy May. 

To get involved or for more information, contact the Chapter Leader in your 



Baton Rouge 



East Texas 



Las Vegas 

Little Rock 



New Orieans 

N. Carolina (RFTArea) 


San Antonio 




Anita Helton 

Debbie Harding 
Andy Baragona 
Mandy Owens 
Lane Luckie 
Brett Harns 
Amy & Greg Comeaux 
Shelley Franklin 
Jessica Breaux 

Fred & Chris Newman 
Margaret Ducote Cooper 

Leonard Williams 

Horace Johnson ho)0@nc.rrcom 

Paul Dariington 

Doris Westbrook doris_westbrook@hotmail com 

Bnan & Cnsta Hobbs nsuhobbs@yahoo com 

Tom Putnam Putnam 

Ro Fiorentino ro 

* Throughout the fall Shreveport/Bossier Chapter collected items for care 
packages that were sent to alumni that have been deployed to Iraq or 
Afghanistan or family of alumni that are serving our country. 

The NSU ROTC will present its annual 

Regimental Ball at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 12 

in the NSU Student Union Ballroom. 

The event will begin with a social hour from 5-6 p.m. Fomrial 
dress is required. 

The event will be hosted by the Honorary Colonel of the 
Northwestern Demon Regiment LTG, USA (Ret) and Mrs. 
Joseph A. Cosumano, Jr. This year's ball will honor former 
members of the Black Knights Drill Team. 

Centennial Celebration 


Friday, April 15 - Hanchey Gallery 

5-6:30 p.m. - Check In & Instrument Check 


6:30-8:30 p.m. - Social 

Saturday, April 16 

9-11:30 a.m. - Alumni Band Rehearsal in 
Recital Hall 

1 1 :30-1 :30 p.m. - Lunch on your own 

2-4:30 p.m. - Alumni Band Rehearsal in 

Magale Recital Hall 

6:30-8:30 p.m. - Banquet at the Student Union 

9 p.m. - Party on Front Street 

Sunday, April 17 

1 p.m. - Alumni Band in Magale 

2 p.m. 

Recital Hall 
- Concert 

Friday, Sept. 30 - Evening Social 

Saturday, Oct. 1 - Tailgate, Football Game & 
Halftime Recognition 

For more information or to register by e-mail, contact 
Dr. Jeff Mathews at Call (318) 
357-5773 to register by phone or visit to register online. 

You can also keep up with the latest developments 
becoming a fan of the Spirit of Northwestern Alumni 
Band on Facebook. 

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Best Sounding Band in the Land 

continues Centennial Celebration 

Spirit of Northwestern 1911-2011 

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Director of Bands Dr. Bill Brent got 
a hello from a former SON member, 
Robert Browning (2001), at the Lon- 
don New Year's Day parade. Brown- 
ing is a percussionist in a military band 
stationed in Germany. 

The Spirit of Northwestern Demon Marching Band will welcome 
back former directors and alumni for a Family Day Concert weekend 
April 15-17. Former directors J. Robert Smith, Jerry Payne, Kenneth 
Caldwell, Robert Upton and Caroline Beatty have indicated they will return to 
conduct the Alumni Band that is being fonned to present a concert. The event 
will include rehearsals and socializing and a performance of a new commis- 
sioned piece of music to celebrate 100 years of the Demon Band. 

A fall reunion is planned in conjunction with the NSU vs. McNeese foot- 
ball game Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Friday events will be announced later this year. The 
reunion will include recognition of former band members during the football 
game's halftime show. 

"We are looking forward to all alumni associated with the band to return 
and help us celebrate this momentous occasion. We consider color guard mem- 
bers, dance line members and former majorettes an intricate part of the Spirit of 
Northwestern. We definitely want them to know that they are invited to enjoy 
the anniversary weekend with us," said Dr. Jeff Mathews, an organizer of the 
event. "Band alumni are encouraged to bring their instruments and participate in 
the alumni band that will be performing during the 100th anniversary concert. 
Mr. Brent will conduct the Alumni Band in the NSU Fight Song to close the 

Completed details of the event will be available as they develop by contact- 
ing Director of Bands Dr. Bill Brent at Associate Directors of 
Bands Kevin Richardson at or Mathews at mathewsj@ or by calling (318) 357-4522. You can also become a fan of the Spirit 
of Northwestern on Facebook and receive e-mails and updates about the band. 

An article in Northwestem's 1911 Potpourri announced the first rehearsal 
of a school band. Prior to that time, there were several music ensembles on 
campus, but the 1911 announcement is the first record of a designated student 
group with unifonns who called themselves a band and were under the direc- 
tion of Henry W. Stopher. According to the Potpourri, 16 boys attended the first 
rehearsal. Since 1990, the band has averaged between 275 and 300 members 
and is the largest spirit group on campus. 

"We found programs from concerts presented in 1911 and 1912 and are attempting to play some of the same mu- 
sic during the 100"' anniversary concert that the band performed at their very first concert," Mathews said. "We may 
also offer a lecture on the history of the band." 

Mathews encourages all former band members to plan attending the centennial event, including former Demonairs 
and members of auxiliary units, the Cane River Belles, Demon Dazzlers, flag line and majorettes. He hopes to develop 
an exhibit of memorabilia to be put on display in the Hanchey Gallery to commemorate the centennial. 

The Spirit of Northwestern kicked off its centennial on New Year's Day with an appearance in the 25"" annual 
London New Year's Day parade, an event viewed by millions across Europe, just as the Rose Bowl and Macy's 
Thanksgiving Day parades are in the U.S. 

"We have had a tremendous amount of enthusiasm expressed by our alumni and former band members," Brent said. 

Justin McHaffay, Amanda Weaver, 
Mitch Ernst and Jordan Wahl, from 
left, performed with the Spirit of North- 
western Demon Marching Band at the 
New Year's Day Parade in London. 

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Mandi Ridgdell singing patriotic tunes with Victory Belles 

Former Lady of the Bracelet Mandi Ridgdell (2008) 

has a nev\ gig at one of the nation's most popular 

museums. Ridgdell is one of the Victory Belles, a \ocal 

trio that performs at the Stage Door Canteen, a venue 

at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans 

that entertains guests w ith swing-era style and big band 

melodies. The Stage Door Canteen features 40s-style 

music and dance as Ridgdell and her fellow Belles sing in 

three-part harmonies reminiscent of the Andrews Sisters. 
"Since 1 graduated from NSU so much has happened 

but nothing holds the honor like that of The Victory 

Belles," Ridgdell said. 

In January 2010. Ridgdell's grandmother handed her 

a small newspaper clipping announcing 

auditions at the National World War 

II Museum. They were seeking three 

attractive young ladies who could sing and 

dance and had charismatic personalities. 
'T recei\ed a BS in theater with 

concentrations in musical theatre, 

performance/directing, and dance so 

I couldn't help but rini not walk to the 

museum." Ridgdell said. "1 went in for 

my initial audition and was asked back to 

a call back. The call back lasted for a few 

hours. We had to sing a song in three-part 

harmony as well as a solo. 1 left the call 

back feeling great about my performance 

but it wasn't until a week and a half later 

that I got the call that would change my 

life. 1 became a Victory Belle." 

Rehearsals began last February and performances 

began in March. In addition to their spirited performances 

at the Stage Door Canteen, the Victory Belles appear at 

special events around the countr\'. 

"Since my first performance with the Belles \'\c 

gotten the opportunity 
to do things I would 
ha\c ne\er dreamed 
oi." Ridgdell said. 
' r\ c lra\clcd around 
the entire country 
p c r \'o r m i n g . 1 " \ e 
performed in .lapan. 
I'xc had the hoiKM" ol" 
performing for the 
IJSO. I ha\e e\en 
had the pri\ ilegc 
of performing the 

National Anthem at Super Dome for the Saints vs. Steelers 

game! We'\e performeil for 1 rencli Ouailer Festival and 

The Belles 
on the Saints 
sound check. 

Mandi Ridgdell, center, and her 
fellow Victory Belles sang the 
national anthem at the Saints vs. 
Steelers game. 

now we are recording a CD for the museum. I have met 
so many amazing men and v\omen who are still ser\ ing 
as well as the heroes that we call our \eterans." 
One chance k>^^(^^^3k .■ 

particular stands vV^^^Hk greeted a veter- 
out. -^ '^^^^Bk ^'^ ^^^'^ ^ show 

outside of the .k-^miAIMbI 

Stage Door 

Canteen shaking hands w ith our audience 1 met a man 

and his family. The man was a Northw estem graduate! We 
talked for the longest time and 1 e\ en took a 
"Fork "Em' picture with he and his wife. Out 
of all of the people I have met throughout my 
time as a Victory Belle this man. along w ith 
his family, has to be m\ fa\ orite." she said. 
Northwestern holds man\ special 
memories for Ridgdell. including the 
involvement with the theater department, 
her Alpha Omicron Pi sisters and the cit\ of 
Natchitoches itself 

Ridgdell's favorite year at NSU was 
her reign as Miss Northwestern Lady of the 
Bracelet in 2008. The year as Miss LOB 
brought many remarkable opportunities, 
including singing with the NSU .laz/ 
Orchestra, educating others about her 
platform. Push .Xmerica. and representing 

the unixersity. 

"1 have never felt so honored to be part o\' such an 

outstanding group o\' w omen." she said. "Wearing the 

bracelet was a constant reminder of what high standards 

our ladies hold themscKes to. As the sa\ing goes. '.\n\ 

girl can wear 

a crow n. but 

it takes a 

lad\ to wear 

a bracelet.'"" 

is still 


crowds and 

e n i o \ i n g 

e\ci\ minute 

being part of the \'ictor\ Belles. 

Museum-goers can check on \icton Belles perfonnance 

times by going to 

victory/victory-belles. html. Copies of the \'ictor\ Belles 

CD is available at the museum. 

field for a 


This photo of 
Mandi singing "My 
Heart Belongs to 
Daddy" to a veter- 
an ran on the front 
page of a South 
Carolina paper the 
morning after The 
Victory Belles per- 
formed there. 

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School nurse lauded as a hero for saving elementary student's life 

Elaine Branch (1977), RN, and 
a colleague were commended by the 
Sabine Parish School Board for sav- 
ing the life of a fourth grade student 
with a critical medical emergency. 
As the Negreet School nurse, Branch 
and a school interventionist colleague 
responded to a student who hit her 
head during PE, which triggered a 
seizure. The nurses worked together 
to keep the student alive until para- 
medics arrived. 

"It stresses the importance of 
having a nurse in every school," said 

Branch, who modestly added that she 
was "just doing her job." She noted 
that the school's Automated External 
Defibrillator (AED) was installed 
earlier in the school year and the 
incident prompted parents and other 
school staff to express interest in 
CPR training. 

Speaking with local media, 
school principal Gene Wright (1965) 
praised Branch and the LPN for their 
efficiency, teamwork and compas- 
sion in a critical situation. Branch, 
who has been school nurse at rural 

Negreet School for seven years, said 
she was thankful her emergency care 
training helped save a student. 

"We were in the right place at 
the right time and our training kicked 
in," Branch said. 

Three of Branch's four children 
have also attended Northwestern, 
daughter Melissa Branch Vines, who 
earned a master's in nursing in 2007, 
son Harry Branch IH, who earned 
an art degree in 2007, and daughter 
Stephanie, a current student. 

Southerland named NSU President for a Day 

Northwestern State Univer- 
sity President Dr. Randall J. 
Webb declared Jan. 18,2011, 
as Dr. Tom Paul Southerland Day 
at NSU in honor of the long-time 

Southerland, a Northwestern 
alumnus, was a dean and vice presi- 
dent at Northwestern for 20 years. He 
retired in 1986. Southerland and his 
wife Maxine received the President's 
Distinguished Service Award in 2003 
and were inducted into the NSU 
Alumni Hall of Distinction, the Long 
Purple Line, in 2008. 

"Dr. Southerland and his wife 
Maxine served Northwestern admira- 
bly for 20 years," said Webb. "North- 
western is a better place for their 
having served here." 

Southerland served as honor- 
ary president on his special day and 
participated in the weekly meeting of 
the President's Cabinet. 

"I appreciate this honor," said 
Southerland. "1 had a great time 
teaching and serving as an adminis- 
trator at Northwestern. It is a privi- 


lege to be here with the cabinet. I 
have watched and served with a num- 
ber of presidents at Northwestern. I 
respected all of them. And I think Dr. 
Webb has done an exceptional job as 

Southerland earned a master's 
and doctorate at LSU. He came to 
NSU after serving four years as as- 
sistant superintendent for instruction 
for the Rapides Parish School Board. 
Southerland was the university's 
dean of the College of Education 
from 1966 until 1975 and dean of 
the School of Graduate Studies and 
Research from 1975 until 1978. In 
1978, Southerland was appointed 
vice president for academic af- 
fairs and was named executive vice 
president in 1982. He was named 
vice president emeritus in 1987. He 
is a 2001 inductee in the NSU Hall of 
Distinguished Educators. 

Southerland was instmmental 
in establishing admissions standards 
for teacher education and develop- 
ing 14 new programs for the College 
of Education as well as securing a 

Dr. Webb honored Dr. Souther- 
land with a plaque marking Dr. 
Tom Paul Southerland Day. 

specialist and doctorate program. He 
led the College of Education to full 
accreditation by the National Council 
for Accreditation of Teacher Edu- 
cation. Under his leadership, NSU 
constructed the Teacher Education 
Center, the Middle Lab School and 
the Health and Human Performance 

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^ John Manno (1978) of Shreve- 
port was named Citizen of the Year 
during a March of Dimes benefit last 
November, recognizing his leader- 
ship and personal and professional 
service to his community and north 

According to the March of 
Dimes, "John has enhanced the busi- 
ness community, benefited charitable 
organizations and has the respect and 
esteem of people at home, Shreve- 
port/Bossier and Natchitoches." 

Also last year, Manno's business. 
Southland Printing, was recognized 
for its global impact and was rec- 
ognized by the U.S. Department of 
Commerce with an export achieve- 
ment certificate for its business in the 
United States and 48 foreign coun- 
tries. The company celebrated its 
50th anniversary in 2010. 

® Nathan Wood (1996) was rec- 
ognized w ilh an outstanding teacher 
award last year. The former Schol- 
ars' College student is an assistant 
professor of history and director of 
undergraduate research studies at 
the University of Kansas and re- 
cently published a book, "Becoming 
Metropolitan: Urban Seltliood and 
the Making of Modern Cracow." He 
received a 2010 KU Vice Provost for 
Research Book Publication Award 
for his work. 

Regarding his teaching, his 
teaching award gave this citation: 
Whether teaching a freshman-level 
modem European history class with 
more than 100 students or a smaller 
adv anced course on F.uropean urban 
and cultural histor>. Wood begins his 
courses the same way. I le urges stu- 
dents to study history as if they were 
Sherlock Holmes and to approach 
exams as if the> were law vers. With 
reading assignmeiiis ;uul lectures 
packed with visual images from the 
times. Wood teaches students to dis- 
cern what is relevant and unportant. 
Wood has been teaching at KU since 
2005. C\)lleauues describe hmi as 

having a gift for teaching and em- 
ploying innovative techniques to 
foster historical thinking skills. One 
nominator noted that Wood's objec- 
tives and techniques enable students 
to do better both in historv and across 
the liberal arts and sciences. 

® Lt. Col. Heyward G. Hutson III 

of Sackets Harbor. N.Y.. was recog- 
nized in the Watertown (N.Y.) Daily 
Times for his service to the Jefferson 
County, N.Y.. Special Tactics and 
Rescue (STAR) team, a specialized 
dive team atflliated with the Sackets 
Harbor Fire Department. Hutson is 
a former Fort Drum otTicer who has 
received numerous awards, includ- 
ing the Bronze Star, tor service in 
Iraq. A West Point graduate, he holds 
a master's degree in education from 
Northwestern State University and is 
serving a one-year national security 
fellowship at Harvard's JFK School 
of Government. He was born in 
Charleston, S.C., but refers to him- 
self as an "Army brat" who is fol- 
lowing in the footsteps of his father, 
also a West Point man who ser\ed in 

Hutson became a certified diver 
in I9S9 but didn't utilize the skill un- 
til moving to Sackets Harbor in 1995 
w here he wanted to become inv olved 
in the community. Hutson said he 
was required to join the volunteer 
fire department in order to prov ide 
the dive serv ice and attended I^M I 
school while serving as battalion 
commander at Fort Drum. He has 
serv ed on dive teams in Louisiana 
and Kansas. 

Follow ing his next assignmeni. 
Hutson expects to retire in the Sack- 
ets Harbor area, where he met his 
w ife. Julie, whose father is a member 
of the STAR leaiii. I hcv have lour 


W l.t. ( (>! (I ft.). lames B. (Buck) 

rriisscll ( I9(i2. 1974) was pari of the 

1 958 New Mexico Militarv Institute 

football team, which was inducted 

into the NMMI Hall of Fame. The 
team won the 1958 National Junior 
College Athletic Association Cham- 
pionship. Trussell served in the U.S. 
militar\ during the Vietnam War as a 
helicopter pilot, earning the Bronze 
Star w ith V. the Commendation Med- 
al with a V and the Air Medal with 
22 oak clusters. He taught ROTC at 
NSU from 1971-1975. 

© Ryan Dugas (2000), a graduate 
of the Fine + Graphic Arts program, 
gave three informative presentations 
to the Fine ~ Graphic Arts students at 
NSU last fall. He discussed life after 
NSU and the process of preparing 
portfolios, seeking job opportunities 
and the interv iew ing process. The 
lectures were well-received b\ ov er 
60 Fine ^ Graphic .Arts majors. 

Ryan Dugas 

Dugas is the art director and 
senior graphic artist for.ARCiO in 
Richardson. Texas, a companv that 
creates software and marketing 
materials for the banking industrv'. 
W hile attending NSU. R\an was a 
member of the Spirit of Northwestern 
DenKMi Marching Band. ROTC and 
was a President's List and Dean's 
List student. He is married and has a 
live-year-old son. 

W Marjoric lontcnot was recog- 
ni/ed as fducalor of the ^'ear by the 
I ali>urche Parish Chamber of Com- 
merce in LaRose last November. At 
age 80. Fontenot still teaches part- 

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Crooks inducted into Jena High School Hall of Fame 

Rev. Jesse Wayne Crooks (1964) was one of five 
graduates of Jena High School inducted into the JHS 
Hall of Fame in October 2010 during an event attended 
by more than 250 guests. Rev. Crooks was guest 
speaker for the occasion, during which the Jena Times 
reported he "stole the show" and received a standing 
ovation at its conclusion. 

During his speech. Rev. Crooks, now 72, talked 
about the challenges he faced growing up and his years 
at Jena High School where he graduated with honors 
and was voted Most Likely to Succeed and Most Popu- 
lar Boy. He discussed his call to preach and how he 
"crammed four years of college into just five," working 
as an associate minister during his junior year. He later 
attended seminary in New Orleans, where he met his 
wife, Linda, and they began ministering in the blighted 
neighborhoods of New Orleans after being appointed 
by the Home Mission Board to the Coliseum Place 
Mission and then to the Rachel Sims Mission. 

In 1974 they were called to serve as childcare 
workers with the Baptist Children's Home in North 

Jesse Wayne Crooks, center, and fellow Jena High 
School Hall of Fame inductees Carrice Russell 
Baker, left, and Jennifer Justice Williams Loe, right, 
were honored during a banquet in October. Crooks, 
the keynote speaker, engaged the audience with a 
touching account of his personal history. 

Carolina. After six years, personal family needs led 
them into secular work, a move into their first "real" 
home and pursuit of Jesse's call to revive the church. 

Today, Rev. Crooks heads the Jesse Crooks Minis- 
tries in Thomasville, N.C. 

time in the business department of 
the South Central Louisiana Techni- 
cal College in Thibodaux. 

A native of Mamou, Fontenot 
earned a stenographer diploma in 
1964 from the T.H. Harris Vocational 
-Technical School in Opelousas and 
worked as a secretary at the school 
and the Evangeline Parish School 
Board. Years later, she went back to 
school at Northwestern State, earn- 
ing a bachelor's degree in secretarial 
administration in 1981 and a master's 
degree in business education in 1983. 
In 1984, she began teaching in the 
business department at what was 
then the Thibodaux Area Technical 
Institute. She retired in 2001 due 
to health reasons, but returned on a 
part-time basis as soon as possible. 

Fontenot 's nomination letter for 
the chamber award highlighted her 
professionalism, dress, manners and 
courtesy. Students often say she 
expects much but is among the best 
teachers they've ever had. 

^ Major General Erbon W. Wise 

was selected by the city of Sulphur 

to "flip the switch" during the 2010 
Christmas Under the Oaks Celebra- 
tion's Spectacle of Lights. Wise holds 
a 1941 degree in agriculture from 
Northwestern. He is a graduate of the 
United States Command and General 
Staff College of Fort Levenworth, 
Kansas, and he attended the United 
States War College. He is also a 
graduate of the Army Finance School 
at Indianapolis, Ind., where he was 
commissioned a Second Lieutenant 
in the Army Air Force in 1942. He 
was awarded in 2004 an Honorary 
Doctorate of Humane Letters from 

© Megan Sharkey Coneriy (2003), 
a former resident of Ball, was se- 
lected as Teacher of the Year at Lake 
Forest Elementary School in Gaines- 
ville, Fla. She is a graduate of Tioga 
High School and Northwestern State 

© Michelle Craig (1999) has been 
named a partner in the New Or- 
leans office of the law fimi Adams 
and Reese, a multidisciplinary firni 

with offices throughout the southern 
United States. 

Craig joined Adams and Reese 
in 2007 and serves on the Labor and 
Employment team. In addition to 
her labor and employment experi- 
ence, she has practiced in the areas of 
commercial litigation and products li- 
ability. She provides legal counsel for 
the National Association of African- 
Americans in Human Resources. 

w Students and faculty at Curtis 
Elementary in Bossier City gave 
Principal Sherri Pool a 50th birthday 
to remember. In January, the school 
traded their mascot and school colors 
to become honorary Northwestern 
State University Demons. 

Special guest speaker and moti- 
vator at the assembly was NSU Head 
Football Coach Bradley Peveto, who 
surprised Pool with an NSU hoodie 
sweatshirt and an NSU football 
jersey, complete with the number 50 
and her name on the back. 

Pool received her Masters plus 
30 from Northwestern State Univer- 


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CSM seeks donations for children of Afghanistan 

CSM Steve Womack is seeking help in brightening the lives of the 
children he encounters while serving overseas. Womack is serving a 
tour in Afghanistan and has been touched by local children who sur- 
round him anytime he takes a walk. Last fall, he contacted former NSU 
professor and fellow Rotarian Dr. Bob Gillan for assistance in helping 
the children he encounters. 

The kids always mob us," he said. "They always ask for pens and 
pencils for school and for candy. As I spend time with the people of this 
country, I am continually drawn to the children. They pull at my heart- 
strings. They are like kids at home, but with so little and a bleak future." 
Womack was seeking to provide the children with a few luxuries: pens, 
pencils, hard candy, single size chocolates and sandals. 

"I always look at their shoes. They have worn out shoes. When 
I was in Iraq last time, I gave out sandals. People ask me all the time 
what I want or can use over here," he said. 

Womack said simple and inexpensive slip-on sandals - not flip flops 
- from discount stores are a great need for the children. 

"I ask for help in this as I want the kids to always remember who 
gave them a new pair of shoes," he explained. "Others may tell the kids 
some propaganda, but they will remember the shoes." 

Dr. Gillan shared 
his correspondence with 
Womack with colleagues 
in the College of Educa- 
tion and Human Develop- 
ment as well as the NSU 
Alumni and Development 
staff, who immediately 
mobilized alumni, friends 
and church groups to gather the needed items for shipment to Afghani- 

"Steve is one of our country's true heroes serving his fourth tour 
overseas and really lives our motto of Service Above Self.'" Gillan said. 
"My life is great when I see these kids with absolutely nothing get 
something that we all take for granted," he said. "Please remember that 
these kids will always remember Americans. It is what they remember 
that I am working on." 

Womack taught ROTC at NSU for one yearand is still pursuing a master's 
degree from NSU. He will continue to serve in Afghanistan through Fall 20 11. 
"Thank you for your assistance and thank you for helping me make a 
difference in this world," he said. 'You would be surprised how many 
NSU alumni we have in my unit here in Afghanistan!" 

CSM Steven Womack, HHC BDE 4/10, FOB SHANK, APOAE 09364 

Serving overseas, father promotes 
daughter, former Miss NSU 

By U.S. Army Sergeant Richard S. Carreon 

1-4 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion Public Affairs Office 

In tlie midst of war. 
Operation Enduring 
Freedom reunited family 
last October as U.S. Anny 
Captain James Bennett 
promoted daughter. Sec- 
ond Lieutenant Natasha 
Bennett, to First Lieuten- 
ant. United States Army at 
a promotion ceremony in 
Kandahar Airfield. Af- 

First Lieut. Natasha 
Bennett uraduated from 

U.S. Army Captain James 
Bennett embraced his 
daughter First Lieutenant 
Natasha Bennett during a 
Northwestern in December promotion ceremony in Kan- 

dahar Airfield, Afghanistan. 

2007. After recei\ ing her 
B.S. in biology, the former 
Miss Northwestern State Uni\ersity 2007 attended U.S. 
Army Officer Candidate School and earned her commis- 
sion as a Second Lieutenant. She is currently applying 
to the Interservice Physician Assistant Program in the 
militaiA. Her father, stationed out of Ft. Polk deployed 
to Forward Operating Base Chapman. .Afghanistan in 
February 2010; First Lieut. Natasha Bennett deployed in 
support of OEF shortly after in JuK 2010. Capt. Bennett. 
currentl\ \\ ith Pro\ incial Reconstruction Team Khost. 
was able to pin the rank on his daughter stationed in 
Kandahar with 1-4 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion. 4" 
Combat A\ iation Brigade. 

The e\ent has been the first father-daughter pro- 
motion in 4"' Combat A\ iation Brigade histon. Capt. 
Bennett beamed w ith pride as he promoted his daughter 
in a combat zone. "No matter the circumstances, you 
must alwa\s support \our child." he stated. "M ha\e been 
granted this tince in a lifetnne iipportunit\ and 1 will 
roincniber this da\ tor the rest of m\ life." 

MAJ Andy Field ran into two fellow alumni in Iraq last sum- 
mer and forwarded a picture to the Office of Alumni and 
Development. They are shown at the Joint Visitors Bureau 
Dining Facility. Camp Victory. Iraq. From left are CW2 
Wade Furniss (1996), Field (1996), and SPC Jacob Mitch- 
ell (2009). All three are education graduates. According 
to Field, who is an instructor in the School of Education 
at the University of Mississippi, Wade is the band direc- 
tor at Tioga High School and Jacob was band director at 
Pointe Coupee High School, but plans to return to gradu- 
ate school upon his return to the States. 

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Pi Kappa Phi Charter Members Group Hosts Reunion 

Recognized with 50-year Golden Legion member pre- 
sentations were George Cameron, initiated in 1960; 
Jack McCain, charter year archon, 1956, and Larry 
Rice, initiated in 1959. 

Sandra Folse Tumminello, initiated in 
1962, received the 50-year Alpha Sigma 
Alpha membership during the Pi Kappa 
Phi luncheon. Natalie Laurence, NSU 
Greek coordinator, presented the award. 

The Roses of Beta Omicron Chapter were recognized 
at the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity Founders' Lunch. From 
left are Barbara Dean Cameron, Clois Warner Witt, Kayla 
Ford, Peggy Kerr Plunkett and Sylvia George Murphy. 

A presentation of legacy initiation paddles and pins took place 
during the Pi Kappa Phi reunion luncheon. From left are Kyle 
Duhon, warden; Butch York, treasurer; Jon Lee, archon, and 
Mike Murphy, 1956 charter member. 

Founding members of Beta 
Omicron Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi 
( 1 956- 1 962 ) held their bi-annual 
reunion in Natchitoches over the 
NSU Homecoming weekend. The 
gathering included a reunion lun- 
cheon hosted at Merci Beaucoup 
Restaurant. Jack McCain, 1956 
Beta Omicron charter member, 
presented "Golden Legion ' 50- 
year member certificates to Larry 
Rice, initiated November 1959, and 
George Cameron, initiated March 

Natalie Laurence, NSU Greek 
Coordinator presented Sandra Folse 
Tumminello, wife of charter mem- 
ber Buck Tumminello, with a 50- 
year membership certificate. Sandra 

was initiated into Alpha Sigma 
Alpha in 1960. 

Mike "Mickey" Murphy, and 
John "Buck" Wheat, 1956 charter 
members, presented several fra- 
ternity pins and pledge paddles of 
charter members to Beta Omicron 
Chapter officers as legacy memo- 

Doug Ireland, NSU faculty 
advisor to Pi Kap, along with the 
chapter officers attended the lun- 
cheon as guests and accepted the 
gifts of the pins and paddles on be- 
half of Beta Omicron. Doug spoke 
about the current accomplishments 
of Beta Omicron Chapter and the 
exceptional leadership its members 
are providing, both on the NSU 

campus and nationally. 

In addition, the chapter Roses 
were also given special recogni- 
tion. Kayla Ford, this year's 2010 
Rose and a current member of Phi 
Mu, joined the group for this very 
special occasion. 

In the fall of 1956, Phi Kappa 
Nu, a local fraternity on NSU's 
campus since 1925, associated with 
Pi Kappa Phi National Fraternity as 
Beta Omicron Chapter. 

Don Cook, Colonel, U.S. Army 
retired and also a charter member 
acted as Master of Ceremonies for 
the luncheon. The reunion was 
rated as outstanding-to-excellent 
by the attending alumni and a good 
time was had by all. 


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Bequest will honor alumna's lifetime of service 

A Iter a life ot'educat- 
/■ ing and ser\ iiig her 
-Z J- commiinily, llic legacy 
of Mary Rives Gallaspy will 
continue to benefit others 
through a generous bequest 
to Northwestern. The dona- 
tion, which was announced 
in January, includes property 
in DeSoto Parish, as well 
as a monetary bequest thai 
together will create the Mary 
Rives (jallaspy Charitable 
Trust administered by the 
board of directors of the NSU 

Income from the trust 
will fund two scholarships: 
the llettie McMuUen Fincher 
Scholarship in Mathematics 
and the Mary Rives Gallaspy 

Relatives of the late Mary Rives Gallaspy were 
present to announce a donation from Gallaspy's 
estate to the Northwestern State University Foun- 
dation. The bequest will create the Mary Rives 
Gallaspy Charitable Trust and includes a large 
portion of property in DeSoto Parish. From left are 
NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb, Kathleen Gal- 
laspy Myers, Dr. Whit Gallaspy, Virginia Gallaspy 
Garlington and Drake Owens, NSU's director of 
Alumni and Development. 

Scholarship for Business and 

Fducation. The Fincher scholarship honors Gallaspy's aunt, 

who graduated from Normal, as NSU was then known, in 


(iallaspy. known for her generosity and involvement in 
her community, passed away Dec. 10, 2010. She was born 
in Pelican in 1925 and graduated from Northwestern Slate 
College, now NSU, in 1946. She did post-graduate study at 
the University of Colorado and the University of Arkansas, 
where she received her master's degree. Several members 
of Gallaspy's family, many of whom also graduated from 
Northwestern, were present tor the announcement and 
spoke about her dedication to helping others. 

l)r Whit Ciallaspy detailed his family's long relation- 
ship w iih Northwestern and described his cousin as being 
raised and nurtured around people who li\ed frugall>. 
worked hard, supported their churches and helped others. 

"Among the gifts Mary Rives left to NSU is over 1 .000 

acres of the most beautiful coun- 
tr\side. Beneath that countr\side 
is the Hayness ille Shale," Dr 
Gallaspy said. He expressed the 
hope that in honoring her w ishes, 
the gift would ser\e to create 
scholarships and benefit students. 

"This gift is not only mean- 
ingful, it could be transformation- 
al and w ill likely accrue blessings 
lor this school for years to come. " 
said NSU President Dr. Randall 
.1. Webb. 

Gallaspy taught business and 
Louisiana history at Pelican High 
School from 1 945- 1 97 1 . She 
served as sponsor of the Future 
Business Leaders of America, and 
w as activ ely in\ oh ed in student 
acti\ ities and fund raising. She 
was closely involved with her 
church and community. 
She donated a piano and an organ to the church in 
honor of her parents, .lohn Baker and Lillian McMullen 
Gallaspy, a 1913 graduate of Normal, and her aunt and 
uncle, Hettie and Earl Fincher In addition, she donated 
property for the expansion of the Pelican Cemeterv. and 
donated several Pelican town lots to the Pelican Baptist and 
Pelican United Methodist Churches. 

In addition to her career as a teacher. Gallaspy was the 
owner of Rocking G Farms, a cattle and timber business 
in DeSoto Parish. She established two subdivisions in the 
Stonewall area. Pelican Place North and The Meadows. 

Through the years, Gallaspy was a caregiver to many 
elderly relatives and friends in her hometown of Pelican. 
"None o( us have yet realized quite the impact this 
will have on our institution. Today is the start of a long 
relationship w ith the GallaspN familv," said Drake Owens. 
NSU director of Alumni and Development. 

Winner scholarship honors memory of voice teacher 

The memory of a vocalist and teacher will be hon- 
ored through a Northwestern State University scholar- 
ship established in her name. 1 he .April (iastal Winner 
Memorial Scholarship in Voice will be presented to a 
female student majoring in vocal performance in honor 
of Wmner. who died of cancer Sept. 10, 2010. at age 2S. 
1 he four-\ear scholarship was established by Winner's 
relatives. Mr. aiul Mrs. Sidiiev B. I vans .Ir. of Natchi- 

Winner's love of music and singing innuenced her to 

earn a bachelor's degree from NSU in 2004 and obtain a 
master's from McNccse State University in 2007. 

Winner's husband. Wayne W uincr. also graduated 
from NSU in 2004 and is band director at Abbev ille High 
School. His aunt. l-veKn Lvans. initiated the scholarship 
to honor Winner's passion for music, her love of leach- 
ing and her dedication to leaching music. 

To make a contribution in support of the scholarship, 
contact .lill Bankston. assistant director of Development 
at NSU. at (318) 357-4241 ore-mail bankslonj(a 

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Bernard honors sisters and friends through donations 

Dale Bernard of Lake Charles 
has honored his two sisters with a 
gift of SI 0,000 to the Northwest- 
em State University Foundation to 
endow a scholarship to benefit a 
student pursuing a degree in educa- 
tion. Bernard, who graduated from 
Northwestern in 1953. established 
the scholarship to honor his sisters. 
Melba Bernard Allison of Piano, 
Texas, and the late Esther Bernard 
Reed. The donation will be matched 
with a $1,500 grant from State Farm 

The recipient must be a Louisi- 
ana resident and maintain a GPA of 
2.0 or better. 

Melba Bernard Allison and the 
late Esther Bernard Reed both gradu- 
ated from Normal. Dale Bernard 
said his oldest sister. Esther, taught 
him in fourth grade in Iota and gave 
him an F in conduct. She passed 

Dale Bernard and 
Athletics Director Greg Burke 

away in 1962. Melba Allison taught 
at Ida and Vivian. Her husband. 
Dr. Preston Allison, was head of the 
English Department at Southeastern 
Louisiana University. Mrs. Allison is 
now 90 years old. 

Bernard said he wanted the 
scholarship to go to "an average 

Bernard also made a contribu- 

tion towards renovation of the NSU 
Fieldhouse project, designating 
S5,000 to honor friends Johnny Em- 
mons and James Turner. The renovat- 
ed running backs coach's office will 
be named for Emmons and Turner, 
who befriended Bernard as students 
in 1948. He planned to surprise his 
friends with the donation in their 

"These are two guys I've been 
friends with since college days." 
Bernard said. "They're my two bud- 
dies and we've stayed in touch for 62 
years and I take this opportunity to 
honor them." 

Bernard designated SI, 000 of the 
State Farm grant to athletics to be 
used in the general scholarship fiind. 

Emmons and Turner were team- 
mates in the same football backfield 
during their days as Demons under 
Coach Harry "Rags" Turpin. 

Coutee remembers mentors with named professorships 

Two former Northwestern 
professors were honored with en- 
dowed professorships established 
in their names. The Roy G. Clark 
and Charles H. Wommack Endowed 
Professorship in Industrial Engineer- 
ing Technology has been initiated 
by Juanita and Ellis Coutee of Baton 
Rouge in appreciation for their posi- 
tive impact on Mr. Coutee during the 
two years he was a student worker 
under their supervision. 

Funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. 
Coutee (1960) to initiate the profes- 
sorship will be matched with state 
funds and additional support from 
ExxonMobil Corp for the $100,000 

Between 1956 and 1984. Dr. 
Wommack was an instructor in the 
Industrial Education department and 
later a professor and head of the In- 
dustrial Technology department. His 
wife Ruth is an NSU graduate, as are 
two of their three children. 

Ellis and Juanita Coutee of Baton Rouge honored two of Mr. Coutee's mentors by 
establishing the Roy G. Clark and Charles H. Wommack Endowed Professorship in 
Industrial Engineering Technology at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. 
The professorship honors two of Mr. Coutee's mentors at NSU. The families of 
the honorees and donors met during NSU's Homecoming festivities. From left are 
Assistant Director of Development Jill Bankston, Assistant to the President Robert 
Crew, Ford Alexander and Leah Clark of Austin, Texas; Doris Clark Moore and 
Ray Moore of Huntsville, Texas: Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Coutee, Ruth, Charles and Ann 
Wommack of Shreveport and NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb. 

Dr. Clark, who had a background 
in printing and journalism, came to 
Northwestern in 1952 as an instruc- 
tor in Industrial Arts assigned to ex- 
pand the new Graphic Arts division, 
which taught printing and typesetting 
and provided printing services for the 
school. Clark was named director of 
the News Bureau and Publications 

and instructor of journalism while 
Wommack headed the Graphic Arts 
division. Clark moved to Sam Hous- 
ton State University in Huntsville, 
Texas, in 1965 to serve as director of 
the Communications department and 
later director of the Journalism de- 
partment. He passed away in 1987. 


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Turpin radio booth named for long-time Voice of the Demons 

The home radio booth at Northwestern State's Turpin 
Stadium has been named to honor legendary Natchi- 
toches broadcaster and Northueslern alumnus Norm 
Fletcher, w liose booming voice described NSU sports to 
radio listeners in five decades. 

"The Norni Fletcher NSU Radio Booth" in the press 
box at lurpin Stadium was formally dedicated before 
the kickotTof the Demon football team's home opener 
Sept. 1 1 . Fletcher greeted friends at the Graduate N Club 
tailgating party and was recogni/ed on the field during 
the game. 

A proud Northwestern alumnus and a lifelong Natchi- 
toches resident. Fletcher has had one of the state's most 
remarkable broadcast careers since the late 1940s. He 
began calling Demon games at the age of 18 in 1949 after 
a knee injury aborted his ambition to pay for his college 
liulion by playing for Northwestern and his next-door 
neighbor, head coach Harry "Rags" Turpin. Other than 
time sandwiched around his service in the 1950s in the 
Far East with the Armed Forces Radio Service, Fletcher 
was the "Voice of the Demons until 1979. and again in 
1990-91. He is still in\ol\ed with production work and 
occasional studio hosting duties with the Demon Sports 
Network, and hosts two weekly morning radio shows on 
100.7 KZBL FM in Natchitoches. 

Contributions to the NSU Norm Fletcher Fund 

Norm Fletcher, left, shared memorabilia with Athletics 
Director Greg Burke and current play-by-play announc- 
er Patrick Netherton. 

provide assistance to student workers in the NSU Ath- 
letic Department and Sports Information office, along 
with benefitting media relations functions. 0\er SI 0,000 
already has been raised from a small circle of friends, 
w ith additional funds being sought. Contributions of an\ 
amount can be made by mailing a Norm Fletcher Fund 
chock to the NSU Sports Information OHice. Pralher Col- 
iseum Room 1 1 2. Natchitoches. LA 71497. or b\ calling 
3 1 8-357-6467 to use a credit card or make airangements 
for a bank draft or payroll deduction. All donors are rec- 
ogni/ed on a dispkn outside the booth in the press box. 

NSU-Air Force game draws out friendly father-daughter rivalry 

Diane Scotti Vermaelen ( 1979) was among the fans 
w ho flew to Colorado Springs last September as the NSU 
Demons took on the Air Force Academy in the season's 
opening football game. Vermaelen's parents, .lohn and 
Nellie Dawson, li\e w ithin \ iew of the Air Force Acad- 
emy stadium and are season ticket holders. 

"M\ father is a retired lighter pilot from the Air 
force. Daddy fought in two wars. Korea and Viet Nam. 
and is a decorated w ar hero." Vermaelen said. "1 am a 
graduate of Northwestern and when I heard NSU was 
playing the Air Force Academy I couldn't pass up the op- 
portunity to fly there to not only be with my father at the 
game and \isit m\ parents, but to also 'rib" m\ dad while 
there. ■■ 

I he night before the game \ermaelen made a sign to 
carry throughout the day. holding it up during the game 
ant! slututing "(Jo Demons" while surrt>unded by a sea ol' 

" Ihe Au' force pei)ple around us were ama/uig and 
got a kick out of m\ father saying *Sit ihusn" and 'Who 
is this young lady next to me"!" Vermaelen said. "Daddy 
got a kick out of sitting with me in the NSU Alumni tent 
before the uame and was humbled bv the Louisiana fans 

who came up to meet him and to thank him for his 
service. We were also gi\en a warm reception by NSU 
President Randall Webb and his w ife." 

Diane Scotti Vermaelen and Col John W Dawson, 
USAF Ret., pulled for opposite teams during NSU's 
contest against Air Force. (Photo by Nellie Dawson) 

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Tailgate at Southeastern 

Thea (1972) and Fred (1971) Gegenheimer 
enjoyed the hospitality at the NSU-South- 
eastern tailgate, hosted by NSU Alumni. 

Jeff Shideler (1979), Kevin Faulkner (2006) 
and Peggy Prescott, mother of an NSU foot- 
ball player, were among the guests at the tail- 
gate in Hammond Nov. 6. 

Enjoying a pre-game meal were Marci Berg- 
er, Charlie Thompson, a Louisiana Schol- 
ars' College Student, Lisa Thompson and 
George Thompson (1983). 

Quincy Jackson (2009) and Markenia Boutte 
(2009) caught up with friends prior to the 
NSU-SLU game. 

Anonymous gift will benefit Athletics and academics 

An anonymous alumnus has pledged over $1 mil- 
lion, split between academics and athletics, to support 
Northwestern State University - the largest gift in the 
institution's 1 26-year history. 

The $1,070,000 pledge will be made through the 
donor's estate to the NSU Foundation, which supports 
academic and other university endeavors, and to the 
NSU Athletic Association, which supports the univer- 
sity's NCAA Division I intercollegiate sports program. 
The donation will be designated for scholarships, fac- 
ulty enhancements and to improve facilities, university 
officials said. 

The pledge is a major boost to Northwestern 's 
"Excellence: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" Capital 

Campaign. The campaign is ahead of schedule in meet- 
ing its goal of $25 million by June 2012. 

The pledge is an example of how alumni and 
friends can help Northwestern, according to Drake Ow- 
ens, Executive Director of the NSU Foundation. 

Northwestern 's athletic program has received two 
six-figure deferred gifts in the past five years. 

For information about donating to the NSU 
Foundation, contact Owens at (318) 357-4414 or at To learn how to support the NSU 
Athletic Association, contact Dr. William Broussard, 
Associate Director of Athletics and Executive Direc- 
tor of the Demon Victory Fund, at (318) 357-4295 or 

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Alumni Updates 


Dottie Dee Dickerson 
Galyean is retired and 
lives in Wichita Falls, 


Blanche Mane Jines 
Bryan is retired and 
lives in Columbia. S C 


Dr. Ida Annie Torrans 
retired from LSU- 
Shreveport as a 
professor and lives in 


Bessie Louise Brock 
Barnck is a senior edit- 
ing analyst for Aflac. 
marned and lives in 
Phenix City. Ala. 

Charles "Randy" Gentz 
IS the president/CEO of 
QTS Logistics, marned 
and lives in Las Vegas, 


Rosemary Mclntyre 
Bazor is retired, mar- 
ried and lives in Elgin, 


Gregory James Doucet 
is a self employed at- 
torney in the la// offices 
of Gregory J Doucet 
(APLC) and lives in 


KimberlyA Crawford 
Florich IS a professor 
and department head 
for Louisiana Com- 
munity and Technical 
College System She 
IS marned and lives in 


Linda Joyce Tisino 

Jett is employed by 
Rapides Pansh School 
Board as a transition 
specialist and lives in 


Holly Chnstine 
Gauthier is director 
of marketing for Preis 
& Roy and lives in 


Stacey Anne Warren 
Ferguson is the 
pnncipal at Turnbow 
Elementary, marned 
and lives in West Fork, 

Donald W. Horton is 
employed by Kimberly 
Clark as an electncal 
engineer and lives in 
Fairhope. Ala. 


Cynthia Ins Owens 
Logan is a homemaker, 
marned and lives in 
Fort Worth, Texas. 


Sara E Farrell Palazzo 
is employed by Louisi- 
ana Workforce Com- 
mission as an ORS 
specialist 1 , marned to 
Anthony Palazzo ('98) 
and lives in Monroe 


Kendnck L VanBuren 
IS a Louisiana state 
trooper, married and 
lives in Pineville. 


Casey Rae Hollimon 
Bowles is employed by 
Richardson I.S.D as 
the director of junior 
high school theatre 
arts magnet She 
started the theatre arts 
magnet five years ago 
and over 300 students 

have graduated from 
the program It is the 
only one of its type in 
the school distnct. She 
IS married and lives in 

Anitra Shenell Moses 
IS a volunteer coordina- 
tor for Casa of Central 
and lives in Natchi- 


Melissa Marie Zande 
Schindler is a pnmary 
care diabetes sales 
representative for 
Sciele Pharmaceutical 
Company, marned and 
lives in Fort Worth, 


Robert B. Ramagos 
is employed Jefferson 
Davis Police Jury as 
a justice of the peace, 
married and lives in 

Sharita Lavette Spears 

Price is employed by 
Louisiana State Peni- 
tentiary as a correc- 
tions master sergeant, 
married and lives in St. 


Laura Elizabeth King 
Lewis is employed 
as a investigator with 
Children's Protective 
Services, marned 
and lives in Lubbock. 

Jamie Elizabeth Webb 
IS a reporter, paginator 
and copy editor for the 
Livingston Pansh News 
and lives in Baton 

Stephanie Lynn Verz- 
wyvelt IS employed by 
Walt Disney World as a 
merchantainment and 
lives in Clermont, Fla. 


Bnttany LeAnn Litton 

Ebey is a stay-at- 
home-mom. marned 
to Jason E. Ebey (08) 
and lives in League 
City, Texas. 


Paul Eugene Shelton 
was admitted to Tulane 
Law School, class 
of 2013 and named 
scholarship advisor to 
LSU Chapter Advisory 
Board for Theta Chi 
Fraternity. He lives in 
New Orieans. 

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1940 - Era Dowden Burch, Dec. 5, 2010, DeRidder 

1941 - Melba Irene Pennington Bray, Aug. 20, 2010, Many 

1942 - Sidney Gremillion Allen, Nov. 15, 2010, Minden 

1946 - Dr. John M. Hopper. May 21. 2010, Baton Rouge 

Mary Rives Gallaspy, Dec. 10. 2010. Shreveport 

1947 - Tom L. Bambnck, Houston. Texas. September 3. 2010 

1948 - Virginia Paul Kay, July 29, 2010, Lake Charies 

Joseph H. Pierson Sr.. Dec. 19, 2010, Natchitoches 
1956 - Sarah Teal, Aug. 26, 2010 - Many 

1958 - Dr. Edward Anders, Dec. 26, 2010, Natchitoches 

1959 - Andrew Lee "Petie" Moore Jr.. Nov. 24. 2010. Benton 
1965 - Marathon Glenn Hawkins. Many. October 1 , 2009 
1974 - Edward Dale Thibodeaux, Sept. 8, 2010, Haughton 
1988 - Lauranne Suzanne Hatcher. Oct. 15. 2010, Monroe 
1990 - John Enc Rees. Dec. 3, 2010. McKinney, Texas 
2004 - Apnl Gastal Winner, Sept. 10. 2010, Abbeville 

Jacqueline Bogan Gordon 

For move Alumni I piUites 

please visit our nehsite: 

H'H'if. north westerniilumni. com 

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Visit our website at: 

Alumni Updates 

WHy I Love ^SV 

I am the third generation in my family to attend NSU and in many ways still feel like I am coming home 
when I return to campus. My grandmother attended in the 1920s, my mom in the 1940s- 1950s, and my 
time was the 1970s. 1 love the town and the people there. Regardless of where in the world life takes me, 
1 feel 1 will always have friends in Natchitoches and at NSU. 1 spent most of my time in Vamado Hall, 
Room 302 East (co-ed during my time) and met my bride in a summer class in 1975. The activities, the 
teachers, and the spirit of Northwestern has shaped my life in many very positive ways. 

I love NSU enough that I was extremely proud that our son Matthew became the fourth generation at NSU 
in 2002 when he chose Louisiana Scholars' College. One reason he chose NSU was while other schools 
were ready to accept him, the folks at NSU and LSC really made him feel they wanted him to come to 


Why do 1 love NSU? Well, like in lots of relationships, NSU loved me and my family first. 

David Burroughs 


Social networks make keeping in touch easier than ever 

The Alumni Association now has an official fan page 
on Facebook. The page is Northwestern State Univer- 
sity Alumni Association Official Page and provides fre- 
quent updates on what's happening with Northwestern 
alumni as Fans tell us what's going on in their lives. 

NSU is also offering a new option that allows users 
to link their alumni community account with their Face- 
book profile. Every time you visit the NSU Alumni Com- 
munity, you'll be able to just use your Facebook login 
and have one less password to remember Plus, when 
you register for an event, make a donation, or post a 
class note on, you can 
choose to publish that information in your Facebook 
News Feed. 

1. Go to and click 

2. Click the "Connect With Facebook" button on 
the Login page 

3. Enter your Facebook login information and click 
the "Connect" button 

4. Enter your NSU Alumni Community login infor- 
mation and click the "Login" button 

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1. Enter your last name and hit Submit 

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3. Enter your Constituent ID 

Facebook users can also become fans of the official 
Northwestern State University Facebook page, the Spirit 
of Northwestern Alumni Band page and the Northwest- 
ern State Athletic Association page. 

The College of Science, Technology and Business 
also has a new Facebook page, as does the School of 
Business. "Like" them and get specific information on 
what's going on with each. 

You can also follow alumni news on Twitter @ 

Foursquare users can find the NSU campus and 
many of our buildings on Foursquare. Foursquare is a 
locatnon-based social networking site and game. Us- 
ers can "check-in" using a mobile phone and get points 
and/or badges each time they check in. 

Check out the video, "A Day in the Life at North- 
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search for A Day in the Life at Northwest- 
ern State University. There, you will also find links to 
other NSU videos posted by friends and fans. 

Alumni Columns Spring 201 / / 1 5 

Campus News 


As the Spirit of Northwestern 
celebrates its centennial, we look 
hack to September 1991 when 
tlic Demon marching band put on 
a super sliow in the Superdome 
providing pregame and half-time 
entertainment at a New Orleans 
Saints game. After a "Back to the 
future" pregame show, the SON 
presented a tribute to America 
in a stunning patriotic show that 
featured student \ocalist and 
tlien-reigning Lad\ of the Bracelet 
Patty Breckenridge singing "God 
Bless America" for more than 
6.S.()()() football fans. After the 
Saints" \ ictoPv over the Rams. 
man\ hand members joined the 
celebration in the French Quarter. 

Guess Who? 

Winners from the 
Fall 2010 issue: 
Beth Hayes- 1962, 1972 
William Muse- 1960 
Kevin Lynch- 1961 

Answers to Fall 2010 
Guess Who 
1960 senior class 
officers were John 
Pickett. Gerald Paul, 
Addie Huckabay and 
Eugene Scott. 

At one time, the Associated Men Students was a campus group whose goal was to promote, in co- 
operation with the administration, the general welfare of the men living in residence halls on the 
NSC campus. In 1964, the organization was in its eighth year and sponsored by Hal Townsend. 
its moiiibtM-ship was composed of male students who lived in the residence halls on campus. 
Each member must maintain a "C" average. Can you name the officers from 1964? Ilic first the 
akuiini to call the Alumni Center at (.^IS) 357-4414 with the correct answers will win a prize. 

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